Baptisms – Confirmations
For Baptisms and Confirmations – We welcome both events and now we have an intermediate between the two for young people from 8 years upwards can be admitted to Communion in a simple act by the local Vicar. If you would like to know more just contact one of the Churchwardens and we can start the conversation there and make the necessary arrangements.
Children can be admitted to Confirmation prior to reaching the age of 11 which means they are able to take part in Holy Communion like everyone else and once they reach 11 they can become full Communicants.
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Suffer Little Children to come unto me
St Anne’s is child friendly, we love seeing and being with children and wherever possible we involve them in what we are doing. That could be in handing out flowers on Mothering Sunday, taking collections, lighting and extinguishing candles, telling stories and scriptures, or just playing with the toys we have in church, reading children’s books or simply colouring in.
Baptisms are held at normal Sunday Services unless a special service has to be delivered due to health or other problems.
Our congregation loves having children and young people in church; and should the odd one or two need something to keep them occupied we have a box of toys that they can play with during the service.
We have a small table and chairs for little ones to sit and play or colour in using our books and crayons. Parents may sit with them during services.
Confirmations are are performed by a Bishop and by arrangement which we discuss with you, children who are old enough can be admitted to communion prior to taking full confirmation when they are of the right age.
Being confirmed is an easy process and so is having a child under confirmation age “Admitted to Confirmation”.
Feel free to have a chat with the Vicar and Churchwardens if you want to know more.
Our Churchwardens can advise you on Baptisms and Confirmations and from there we arrange a visit from our Vicar to have a chat about your own circumstances. Confirmation if you are not a regular churchgoer may involve a little more commitment prior to it taking place. To find out more, email us a message at email@example.com and we will get back to you.
Confirmation is a quick right of passage in the Church and following a few discussions and explanations on what being a confirmed member of the church means children and adults can become full communicants without much fuss.
Being a Full Communicant allows you to take part in the elections within the church and hold offices such as Churchwarden and Parochial Church Council Membership. It may seem like the church is putting a hurdle in the way of anyone wishing to become fully active with their local church, but its not much different to the processes in becoming a member of other charitable organisations.
When the church and our communities work together it’s amazing what a difference we can make in our communities.
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